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Shining Among Christians

Shining Among Christians

Today I read an awesome and vulnerable blog post by author and speaker, Michele Cushatt, who shares about shining her faith to those who don’t yet believe. Yesterday, my husband told me he heard Dave Ramsey shine on his radio show that reaches a large secular audience. Ramsey recently interviewed an actor friend who played in the new box office hit, War Room. (Awesome movie, by the way. It shines!) Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3 Christians applaud believers who fear God and love others more than fearing man. Since the beginning of creation God designed light to govern darkness, not the other way around. But let’s launch this thought in a slightly different direction with this question: As Christians, is God pleased with how we shine our light among other Christians? I think it’s safe to acknowledge that we all want to be accepted and liked. Peer pressure doesn’t stop post-middle school. Even the best Christian leaders don’t enjoy rocking the boat. They want to go with the flow, sail those smooth safe waters. And writers and speakers don’t want people to think we’re “out there” either. So what if God calls us “out there”? Are we willing to go? For example, what do you do if God calls you to keep your lamp burning bright when you’re around lukewarm believers, or Believers who have forgotten their first love? What if He calls you to humbly speak up to those who believe differently than you about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for example? What if God tells you to say or write something you know will be criticized by other Christians who you respect and care about? Are you willing to SHINE BRIGHT for Jesus even though it may cost you something? In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify you Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 It’s time to adorn ourselves with those white bright bride clothes God has provided for us. This may not come as a surprise, but not everybody wants to shine Jesus. They may want to shine somebody else or even themselves—but Jesus? One of His biggest obstacles came from religious leaders who enjoyed their old religious ways more than...

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He Knows Better

He Knows Better

Ask “I LOVE when you ask me questions.” God slips this in my spirit like sweet chocolate; and for a second, I wish my husband would say this too, but oh well. He isn’t God, my first love, and I’m glad. “Asking questions shows you trust Me with answers. It keeps us close.” Father, you’re as refreshing as a glass of ice water.  You know I want to be close. “Drink deep of My wisdom. It’s your open invitation.” Lord, I love Your wisdom. May my family and I never be like Eve who saw the dangling fruit as a means to unsanctioned wisdom when she reached for it instead of reaching for You. “I forgave them and shed animal blood to clothe their nakedness. Then I shed My own blood to eternally forgive and clothe you in My righteousness.” Receive Father, please use our little conversation to bless someone today. “I love and eagerly wait for that kind of request. Fine tune your ear to Heaven. Let My thoughts be your thoughts. Let My voice kiss your shore and bubble in you like sea foam. Jump free in My open ocean. Splash wild in My waves of cleansing truth. Shed fear like sloughed off sand, and leap, leap, leap for limitless joy. Unleash your voice, because LOVE personified lives and breathes in you. My light that conquers fruitless night delights to sing rich life in...

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Spiritual Caulking

Spiritual Caulking

Ooo… Ahh… We have a brand spanking new bathroom. After gutting our old one, we put in a new one with the most beautiful floor to ceiling tiles and clean white vanity. That’s probably why our hearts hit the floor this morning when our son took a shower, went downstairs, and discovered a major leak from the new bathroom above. “No!!!” Morning Surprise We opened the closet, shone a flashlight on and around the pipes behind the new tub, and everything was drenched, especially our new so-called “drywall.” How could this be, Lord? Don’t we have enough fires to put out today? Yes, I know this isn’t of earthquake proportions, but still, God. It’s just soooo disappointing. My husband and I prayed both together and apart. As I watched my big guy press into the light and push back the darkness, something struck me, so I let it slip off my lips: Prayer is like bathroom caulking. We put prayer covering over every area of our lives because we want to prevent leaks and seal old ones. Yep, prayer is our spiritual caulking.  After my husband who’s used to me gave me a brief smile, I cracked open my prayer journal to spill my leaky thoughts. Ok, Daddy, here I am again. Good morning! Hey, I’d like some of the usual, please. Could you kindly bring my family closer to you? Help us make wise decisions. Help us with our hearts, our schedules, our relationships; oh, and please heal our bathroom!!! Prayer Gift Prayer is our armor and war. It is both defense and offense. It is intimate Spirit-language that reaches heaven and is bigger than any conceivable freakout. Have you ever wondered what would happen if we could see the invisible under-workings of prayer? Or what it would be like to closely examine the before and after results? We’d see pictures more dramatic than my cushy bathroom, because prayer is that radical. No wonder why Satan tries to get us to doubt, forget, get busy, fall asleep, and leak, leak, leak. Satan sniffs around for the slightest trace of mold and weakness, the tiniest nook and cranny opening where he can reap, wreak, and leak destruction. Satan hates our motion to pray, because he knows it ushers angels to action. No Fear If we forget to cover ourselves in prayer, we don’t need to worry because Christ is still our...

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Reconciled

Reconciled

Isn’t that what it’s all about—being reconciled to God and living as if we truly are? Jesus is all about reconciliation. Bridging the gap between the Father and us. “It is finished.”  The curtain tore in two. We can enter a meaningful life of intimacy with Jesus. Christ the King lives within! The same Spirit that raised Christ from the death lives in us! “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 Merry Christmas! In the comment section, name one thing you are thankful for this Christmas. Also feel free to write a few lines of a random Christmas poem. Start with a word that comes to your mind and build from there. Have...

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Losing My Mind

Losing My Mind

I am sick. I am tired. I am addicted. But God calls Himself the Great I AM.  And “I AM” is bigger than our problems. When God told Moses to confront Pharaoh about letting the Israelites go, Moses became nervous and said, “What do I tell them when they ask who sent me?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”  Genesis 3:14 And that’s exactly what Moses did.  He held God’s Name up high. Likewise, we can hold the great “I AM” in front of us too.  We need an attitude that says, “With God, I M able.” This world is full of trouble, but take courage, God, the I AM has already overcome the world. “I am the first and the last; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6 The great I M protectively hems us in on all sides.  He stands big and mighty before every so-called “im-possibility,” so that nothing impossible with Him! I don’t know about you, but I want to think differently and lose my old mindset. I M healed. I M awake. I M free. What do you need from the great I M...

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